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Retired, responsible, non-smoking couple available now to look after your home, pets and garden
We’re a fit and active couple in our early-fifties who retired early and would relish the opportunity to look after your pets and home. We’ve been married for over 30 years and have two grown-up children. We’ve travelled widely and lived in both rented and our own homes abroad and in various regions in the UK.
We have experience of looking after pets and animals, including those with medical or special dietary needs. We can assure you’ll they’ll have plenty of attention and company during your absence.
Cathy has worked as a domestic cleaner in people’s homes and has been a trusted key-holder for many home-owning clients - a number of references are available. She has also worked for a motorhome hire business and in retail so has lots of experience working in other people’s homes and with clients and customers.
Paul’s background is in finance, logistics and project management, mainly through a 28 year career as a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy. He loves to cook using local, in season ingredients, so if you’d like to have a meal ready for when you return, he’d be more than happy to oblige. We’re both keen gardeners and love the outdoor life.
If you are interested, we would love to hear from you in order to set up a phone or Skype call to see if we’re the right fit for you.
Why we want to house-sit
We have a thirst for travel and new experiences; we therefore plan to make the most of this while we’re fit and able!
House sitting means you have the peace of mind that your pets and home will be loved and cared for and allows us to travel and live together in different environments. We have a campervan that we use to travel all over the UK and mainland Europe, so we’re flexible and mobile. We love this mobile lifestyle but on occasions we like to have a base, to stay a while longer and become part of the community for a short time; house sitting provides the opportunity to do this.
As we travel regularly, it’s impractical to have pets at home, so would love the opportunity to ‘adopt’ your pets as our own for a short while.
House sitting give us the time and opportunity to build on our interest of learning new languages (French, Spanish, German and Italian) and live like locals for a short period of time. It also provides us with the flexibility to choose where we live and for how long.
What we bring to a house-sit
If we had to describe ourselves in three words it would be ‘calm, sensible, conscientious’.
We’ve lived in numerous houses in various locations over the years, mainly due to Paul’s long career in the Royal Navy. We’ve also owned a number of homes and rented one of these out for ten years. So we completely understand how important it is to find honest, trustworthy tenants who will look after your home as if it’s theirs, even if only for a short house-sitting assignment. It also means we’re experienced in dealing with all the eventualities maintaining a home brings.
Over the years we’ve had many pets and have also looked after other people’s dogs, cats, chickens and fish. This has included some pets with special medical or dietary needs. We like nothing more than being outside, either walking dogs, feeding and caring for animals or gardening. So far we've looked after:
Pre-chicks (ie eggs in an incubator!)
Pre-chicks (ie eggs in an incubator!)
We’re both extremely well organised so we’ll ask you lots of questions during the handover to make sure we completely understand your needs. We will, of course, follow your instructions religiously.
We’re also both keen gardeners and have left all our previous homes with immaculate and well kept gardens; this is something we’ll want to continue, with your permission. This could be as simple as sweeping up leaves and mowing lawns through to keeping beds and veg plots weed free or pruning shrubs and trees.
With these useful skills and experience, we’re well qualified and very happy to assist with running (for example) any form of Gite business during your absence. Or, if selling your home, we can keep the house and garden neat, clean and tidy ready for viewings. We sold our last house before the ‘For Sale’ sign even went up - the buyers told us later it was because the house and garden were immaculate, our tour comprehensive and we sold them the dream.
Both of us are DBS (CRB) checked. Cathy’s learning Spanish, French, German and Italian and Paul’s learning French (we speak “a little bit” but we’re keen to improve!), so we’re able to seek basic assistance from local neighbours or authorities in your absence if required.
We both have full, clean driving licences so are willing to drop you off or pick up at airports, trains stations etc. Where possible we like to travel with our campervan in Europe, which is 6m (20ft) long, 2m (7ft) wide and 2.6m (8.5 ft) high and our only requirement is there’s enough space for us to park it off-road. On the positive side, though, this makes us self-sufficient (our own living space, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen) if space in your home is limited during the handover period.
We’re computer literate so if you wanted to keep in touch via email, skype or any other means during your absence, that would be no problem at all. We always respond very promptly to initial contact from home-owners, so hope this will give you the peace of mind that we’re professional and can be trusted to look after your precious pets, home and belongings.